GUITAR ICON ORIANTHI TO RELEASE “HEAVEN IN THIS HELL” ON MARCH 12TH

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Platinum selling solo artist and iconic guitarist Orianthi is gearing up for the release of her new album, Heaven in this Hell. Orianthi will captivate fans with a record that delivers a mega-dose of rock and weaves elements of modern country and swampy blues. The album, to be released on Robo Records (distributed by Universal/Fontana), is scheduled to hit shelves on March 12th, 2013. The first single, Frozen, will be snet to Rock and Classic Rock radio on January 28th.

From writing her first song at the age of 6, to being discovered and playing alongside her idols Carlos Santana and Steve Vai early in her career, Orianthi has made an enduring mark on the music industry. While many were introduced to this timid guitar goddess when she played the Grammy Awards in 2009 as part of Carrie Underwood’s band, it was being selected for Michel Jackson’s ill-fated This Is It Tour that exposed her to mainstream audiences. In the Fall of 2009, Orianthi released According To You,” her first solo single, which went platinum in the U.S. and abroad. More than just a gifted guitarist, this success showed she had serious vocal chops as well.

In late 2011, she began work on her forthcoming project. “I am so proud of this album because it really showcases my style of riff heavy rock and energetic blues,” Orianthi remarks. “The success of Believe [her previous CD] helped give me credibility and afforded me the freedom to create the kind of album I have been wanting to make, with musicians I respect, playing together live in a studio, creatively exchanging ideas…the way I want all my records to be made. My friend, collaborator and producer, Dave Stewart and I just jammed and hashed out a variety of songs and sounds until we found the grooves that inspired us” she continued.

While Orianthi recorded a majority of Heaven In This Hell at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, she also recorded several songs and overdubs at Dave Stewart’s (of The Eurythmics) Hollywood Studio. “Working with Ori over the last year has been an inspiring experience for me,” said Stewart . “She is such a dedicated guitarist and focused songwriter; her enthusiasm is infectious and all the musicians who worked on the record were motivated to give her their best. When we went to Nashville, we knew we were about to embark on something exciting, something career altering,” he continued.

The time spent in Nashville left an indelible impression that can be heard in several of the tracks, which were mixed by Nashville resident John McBride [husband of Martina McBride]. New tracks like Rock and Another You are examples of crossover country-AC songs that blend heartfelt harmonies and melodies with lyrics that showcase a more vulnerable, exposed emotional side, often veiled by her signature PRS axe. Heaven In This Hell the title track, is a blues-rooted rock song which features swampy guitar riffs with an edgy Zeppelin-esque vibe. Songs like Frozen and You Don’t Wanna Know provide listeners with some insight into a couple of her primary musical influences with raw, crunchy guitar riffs reminiscent of Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn. If You Think You Know Me is an arousing anthem with thunderous drums, meant to inspire and empower anyone who has ever felt alone. This track, which begs to be played in a large arena, asks listeners: “Have you ever felt like you didn’t fit in?/Like there’s somebody else inside your skin?/ Well you’re not alone/We all came here for something.”

“To say that we are excited about this record is a complete understatement” according to Rob Christie, founder of Robo Records. “Not only is Orianthi one of the most gifted musicians I’ve heard, but she also has a heart of gold. She is extremely passionate about music, animals, family and her fans. She truly is an inspiration to adults and children, literally around the globe.”

“I’m so excited to share Heaven In This Hell with the fans! It’s been a long time coming for me,” says Orianthi.

Heaven In This Hell track listing:

Heaven in this Hell
You Don’t Wanna Know
Fire
If You Think You Know Me
How Do You Sleep?
Frozen
Rock
Another You
How Does That Feel?
Filthy Blues
If You Were Here With Me

For more information about Orianthi, please visit facebook.com/Orianthi.

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M3 FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2013 LINE-UP

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M3 festival have announced their 2013 line-up via their official facebook page.

The Baltimore area festival has become one of the country’s premiere concert series. The two day event will be featuring headliners W.A.S.P. on May 3rd and Twisted Sister and Bret Michaels Band on May 4th. Other bands scheduled to play include Kix, Danger Danger, Jackyl, Firehouse, Kings X, Great White featuring Jack Russell, Trixter among others.

For more information, please visit facebook.com/M3RockFest.

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RUSH ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

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Rush will continue their current Clockwork Angels Tour with new North American dates. The tour will begin April 23rd in Austin. Tickets for the new dates in select markets will go on sale January 28th.

Following those spring dates – listed below – Rush will head off to Europe then return to North America for another set of dates starting in June that will find them visiting cities like Hershey, Pennsylvania; Chicago; Milwaukee; Boston; Vancouver; Salt Lake City; and Denver. The band will also return to Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the first time in decades. That tour will continue into August, with details regarding dates and venues coming soon.

Clockwork Angels tour dates:

4/23 Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
4/26 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
4/28 Orlando, FL – Amway Center
5/1 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
5/3 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
5/5 Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live
5/7 Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena
5/9 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
5/11 Atlantic City, NJ – Etess Arena

additional source: rollingstone.com

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ROSS THE BOSS RETURNS WITH AN ALL NEW METAL GROUP, DEATH DEALER

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As a founding member of both Manowar and the Dictators, guitarist Ross the Boss needs no introduction. But it’s been a while since the metal masses heard from Ross, leading some to wonder if or when he would return. The wait is now over, as his newly formed outfit, Death Dealer, is ready to rock and take the world by storm, with their debut album, Warmaster.

“The Death Dealer sound is a mighty combination of five very talented, seasoned musicians,” explains Ross. “It’s classic power metal with the brutal edge of thrash, speed, and precision.” And when he says the band is comprised of talented and seasoned musicians, he’s not kidding, as Death Dealer also includes vocalist Sean Peck (Cage), guitarist Stu Marshall (producer and guitarist for such voices as Udo Dirkschneider and Steve Grimmett), bassist Mike Davis (Rob Halford, Lizzy Borden), and drummer Rhino (Manowar).

Formed last year through correspondence over the internet, as soon as work commenced on the material, Ross knew he had met his metallic match. “Well, after they sent the first tune over, I was blown away, then Stu and Sean tell me they want me to join this band, called Death Dealer. I say, ‘Who else is in the band? They say, ‘Rhino on drums.’ I’m in! Stu goes, ‘It was either you or we would have asked KK Downing to be on guitar.’ Wow!”

As evidenced by such tunes as Death Dealer, Never to Kneel, and The Devil’s Mile, for fans of authentic, no-holds-barred, manly heavy metal, Warmaster is an absolute godsend. And soon, Death Dealer will be converting metalheads worldwide to their cause. “Our future plans? Obviously to put Death Dealer on the worldwide metal map, and to engage large crowds and render them shocked and satisfied.”

For more information, please visit click here or facebook.com/deathdealerband.

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HOTEL DIABLO’S “RETURN TO PSYCHO, CALIFORNIA” AVAILABLE ON LIMITED EDITION VINYL

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Hotel Diablo’s full length debut The Return To Psycho, California is now available on a limited edition vinyl through Italy’s Night Of The Vinyl Dead. Other vinyl releases from them include limited runs from Motorhead, Saxon, Dio, Alice Cooper and Hardcore Superstar.

The pressing is limited to 300 copies on black vinyl with a never seen before custom gunshot label and full colored inner sleeve. For more information, please visit www.nightofthevinyldead.com.

An exclusive teaser clip of Hotel Diablo’s new video “Psycho, California” was released earlier this month via Guitar World and can be viewed below.

The video was recently shot in Los Angeles with nine-time Emmy Award-winning and MTV Video Music Award-nominated director Fabio Jafet (Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Children Of Bodom).

“We are beyond excited to be working with Fabio,” says Grossi. “We have all been fans of his work for a long time and feel he is the perfect director to bring ‘Psycho, California’ to life on screen.”

Hotel Diablo’s The Return To Psycho, California was released in September through Scarlet Records. The CD was produced by Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses, Rockstar Supernova), with additional production by Matt Starr (Ace Frehley, Beautiful Creatures) and can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon and other online music retailers.

For more information, go to www.thehoteldiablo.com.

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CLIP FROM GUNS N’ ROSES’ “APPETITE FOR DEMOCRACY” 3D CONCERT FILM POSTED ONLINE

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A clip of Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite For Democracy 3D concert film can be seen below.

The footage was shot on November 21st at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada during the band’s residency, Appetite For Democracy.

The setlist for the show is as follows:

Chinese Democracy
Welcome To The Jungle
It’s So Easy
Mr. Brownstone
Estranged
Rocket Queen
Richard Fortus Guitar Solo
Live And Let Die (Wings cover)
This I Love
Better
Motivation (Tommy Stinson song)
Dizzy Reed Piano Solo
Catcher In The Rye
Street Of Dreams
You Could Be Mine
DJ Ashba Guitar Solo
Sweet Child O’Mine
Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (Pink Floyd cover)
November Rain
Objectify (Bumblefoot song)
Don’t Cry
Civil War
Jam
The Seeker (The Who cover)
Knockin’ On Heavens Door (Bob Dylan cover)
Jam
Nightrain

Encore:

Don’t Let It Bring You Down (Neil Young cover)
Used To Love Her
Jam
Patience
Jam
Paradise City

additional source: blabbermouth.net


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